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“He brought the umbrella swishing down through the air to point at Dudley.”
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

I guess the sentence could be parsed as below:
[He] [brought] [A: the umbrella swishing down through the air] [B: to point at Dudley.]
(A: direct object of brought, B: result or aim of the previous saying.)
But, I cannot have confidence with the parsing. Could you show me how to see the construction?

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Bring is a causative of come (just as take is a causative of go), so it means He caused the umbrella to come swishing down. The construction is the same as in go swimming or take her dancing -- a serial verb of motion followed by a gerund clause, in either A or B configuration. –  John Lawler Mar 31 '13 at 4:43

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The previous answer is right in that A is not a noun phrase. That is, "a car going down the road" is "a car that is going down the road," which is a noun phrase.

Instead, there is the gerund phrase "swishing down through the air," which is the object complement, like the verb "eat" in the sentence "he made her eat."

Examples of complements:

Subject complement: the "red" in "she is red." Object complement: the red in "I dyed the shirts red."

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